The recently discovered, millimeter-long fossilized sponge (pictured here) has helped scientists identify when the sponge lineage diverged from that of more familiar animals. This sponge lived 600 million years ago, tens of millions of years before sponges were thought to have first appeared in the historical record.
First a new species of “clingfish” (the top fish in the figure above) that is
apparently rather common in The Bahamas. Here is a nice summary
article about clingfish and this new species that was “hiding” in plain
Figure 1. Growth of Strombus pugilis, and measures of size and maturity used in this study. (g) is an example of a large mature animal from contemporary populations, while (h) is one of the larger animals from Prehuman populations, exemplifying the shift in size due to human […]
This year at ASAC, Dr. David Steadman gave a presentation on the latest research at Gilpin Point, Abaco. As luck would have it, our paper on the Gilpin Point study was published today in THE HOLOCENE. Details after the jump…
Antillean Nighthawk taking a drink from a blue hole before flying off into the night to forage
We often hear about inland blue holes as a window to the past. The anoxic conditions found deep […]